Giovanni Rossi

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office  207 Haines Hall
Phone  310-267-4832

I research human language and gesture as a system of tools for social interaction. My interest is both in the universal features of the system grounded in the common infrastructure of human interaction and in its variable features driven by the local resources and norms of particular cultural and social settings

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2015   PhD, Social Science, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics / Radboud University Nijmegen

2010   MA, Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen

2009   BA, Linguistics, University of Bologna


2019   Honorary title of Docent, University of Helsinki

2018   Award for Best Dissertation in the field of conversation analysis (period 2014-2017) from the International Society for Conversation Analysis


2021   Hellman Fellowship, UCLA

2020   Leibniz Cooperative Excellence Grant funded by the Leibniz Association. PI: Jörg Zinken, Co-Is: Giovanni Rossi, Lorenza Mondada, Matylda Weidner, Marja-Leena Sorjonen

2018   Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship funded by the European Commission — declined in order to take faculty position at UCLA

Selected Publications


Rossi, G. (under revision). Systems of social action: The case of requesting in Italian. Oxford University Press.

Rossi, G. (Ed.) (2020). Other-repetition in conversation across languages. Special issue of Language in Society, 49(4). Link

Floyd, S., Rossi, G., & Enfield, N. J. (Eds.) (2020). Getting others to do things: A pragmatic typology of recruitments. Language Science Press. Open access


Rossi, G., & Stivers, T. (2021). Category-sensitive actions in interaction. Social Psychology Quarterly, 84(1), 49-74. PDF

Rossi, G. (2020). Other-repetition in conversation across languages: Bringing prosody into pragmatic typology. Language in Society, 49(4), 495-520. PDF

Zinken, J., Rossi, G., & Reddy, V. (2020). Doing more than expected: Thanking recognizes another’s agency in providing assistance. In C. Taleghani Nikazm, E. Betz, & P. Golato (Eds.), Mobilizing others: Grammar and lexis within larger activities (pp. 253-278). John Benjamins. PDF

Rossi, G. (2018). Composite social actions: The case of factual declaratives in everyday interaction. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 51(4), 379-397. PDF

Floyd, S., Rossi, G., Baranova, J., Blythe, J. Dingemanse, M., Kendrick, K. H., Zinken, J., & Enfield, N. J. (2018). Universals and cultural diversity in the expression of gratitude. Royal Society Open Science, 5(5), 180391. Open access, Media release and coverage, Altmetric

Dingemanse, M., Rossi, G., & Floyd, S. (2017). Place reference in story beginnings: A cross-linguistic study of narrative and interactional affordances. Language in Society, 46(2), 129-158. PDF

Zinken, J. & Rossi, G. (2016). Assistance and other forms of cooperative engagement. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 49(1), 20-26. PDF

Rossi, G. & Zinken, J. (2016). Grammar and social agency: The pragmatics of impersonal deontic statements. Language, 92(4), e296-e325. PDF

Floyd, S., Manrique, E., Rossi, G., & Torreira, F. (2016). Timing of visual bodily behavior in repair sequences: Evidence from three languages. Discourse Processes, 53(3), 175-204. PDF

Dingemanse, M., Roberts, S. G., Baranova, J., Blythe, J., Drew, P., Floyd, S., Gisladottir, R. S., Kendrick, K. H., Levinson, S. C., Manrique, E., Rossi, G., & Enfield, N. J. (2015). Universal principles in the repair of communication problems. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0136100. Open access, Media release and coverageAltmetric

Rossi, G. (2015). Responding to pre-requests: The organization of hai x ‘do you have x’ sequences in Italian. Journal of Pragmatics82, 5-22. PDF

Rossi, G. (2014). When do people not use language to make requests? In P. Drew & E. Couper-Kuhlen (Eds.), Requesting in social interaction (pp. 303-334). John Benjamins. PDF

Rossi, G. (2012). Bilateral and unilateral requests: The use of imperatives and Mi X? interrogatives in Italian. Discourse Processes, 49(5), 426-458. PDF